Wendy's Manager Pours Hot Oil Over Customer After Cold Food Complaint

A Tennessee Wendy's manager has been arrested after he allegedly poured hot oil over a customer who complained his food was cold.

According to WBBJ7 News, Demarrus Pritchett, 23, got into a verbal confrontation with a customer at a Wendy's drive-thru in Huntingdon on Tuesday night.

Surveillance footage allegedly showed shift manager Pritchett as he moved into the kitchen, where he picked up a pan of hot oil. He is alleged to have then walked back to the drive-thru with the hot oil and poured it over the customer through the window.

WBBJ7 News reported the victim had suffered extensive burns to his left side and arm, and was treated for his injuries at Baptist Memorial Hospital.

The network added Pritchett had admitted to throwing the hot oil and then claimed to have previously been harassed by the victim.

Pritchett was later charged with aggravated assault and was released on bond.

Speaking to WBBJ7 News on Wednesday, the victim's mother said he was not in a good condition and said she hoped "justice is served."

Newsweek has contacted the Huntingdon Police Department for comment.

The incident comes after a Louisiana Wendy's employee was arrested after allegedly threatening a customer with a gun.

Keith Johnson Jr., 21, is alleged to have used a firearm to threaten the customer during a shift at a Wendy's located on the main Louisiana State University campus.

In a statement sent to Newsweek, the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office said three people told officers that an employee had threatened them.

Police then went to the Wendy's at about 11 p.m. where they found Johnson Jr. and spoke to him about the alleged incident.

The police statement continued: "Uniformed EBRSO deputies standing outside the Wendy's restaurant were contacted by two female subjects and one male subject who stated a subject inside the restaurant (the defendant) was threatening them with a gun.

"Deputies entered the restaurant, contacted the defendant and found the defendant holding a small bag with an extended magazine visibly sticking out.

"Officers took the defendant into custody and searched him incidental to arrest."

Police also said they found a gun and marijuana inside his bag.

Johnson Jr. was charged with carrying a gun in a firearm-free zone, aggravated assault and simple possession of marijuana. He has since been booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.

Campus police were also notified about the alleged incident on its grounds.

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The Wendy's shift manager allegedly poured hot oil on a customer. Above, food is being deep fried in hot oil on January 7, 2019 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. Getty Images/Matthew Horwood